A panel discussion recorded at SAND14 with Chris Fields, Henry Stapp and Donald Hoffman.
Quantum theory incorporates two seemingly-contradictory ideas about free will. On the one hand, an observer can choose both the system to measure and the kind of measurement to make; given these choices, the theory predicts a probability distribution over the possible outcomes and nothing more. It is quantum indeterminism. On the other hand, a system that no one is looking at evolves through time according the dynamics that are perfectly deterministic. No one is “looking at” the universe as a whole - all observers are inside the universe by definition - so the time evolution of the whole universe must be perfectly deterministic. This clash between indeterminism and determinism is sharpened by the existence of a strong theorem, the Conway-Kochen “free will theorem,” that says that if human (or any other kind of) observers are assumed to have free will, everything
else in the universe, even electrons, has to be assumed to have free will, too.
Is this conflict real, or might it dissolve on further analysis? This panel will examine some of the strikingly different views advanced by physicists on this question, illuminating the concept and role of entanglement in the process.
Ever wonder how we try to predict the unpredictable? Supercomputers use the power of chaos theory.
This video is about Bell's Theorem, one of the most fascinating results in 20th century physics.
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
In this exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Wallace we discuss consciousness, mathematics, practicing deep sleep states and meditation as preparation for dying consciously.
Reversing history from Galileo's time, it is now the scientists who refuse to look through the telescope.
There is a mystery that has confounded scientists for a century.
In this inspiring talk, the mathematician Edward Frenkel speaks about the beauty and elegance of mathematics
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
You wouldn’t find baseballs entangled in such a way that hitting one affects another miles away.
The true extent of da Vinci’s Renaissance mind is captured in the surviving notebooks...
New evidence shows that the key assumption made in the discovery of dark energy is in error
In an incredible first, scientists have captured the world's first actual photo of quantum entanglement
Jul 20–24, 2020
Titignano Castle, Italy
Observers are powerful players in the quantum world.
Recent experiments have put relatively large objects into quantum states, illuminating the processes by which the ordinary world emerges out of the quantum one.
Two realities can exist at the same time, at least in the quantum world, suggests a new study.
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